This is a basic guide to deciphering the hedgehog colors we offer. The most common and most popular ones are listed here in an effort to get everyone to stop referring to just about every shade of chocolate as ‘salt and pepper’.
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The Chocolate Colors
CHOCOLATE – mostly chocolate/ dark brown quills with up to 30% white quills mixed in. Masking on face varies as does the shade of chocolate of the quills. Eyes are black, nose is dark.
CHOCOLATE CHIP/ SNOWFLAKE/ CHOCOLATE SNOW – Chocolate quills mixed with 30-70% white quills, Dark nose, and black eyes.
GRAY – Quills are black with brownish rusty edges. Skin is gray, nose and eyes are black.Up to 30% all white quills are mixed in. If more the 30% white quills, then the hedgehog is considered a Charcoal or a Gray Snow.
The Cotty Colors
OAK BROWN – This color is kind of a milk chocolate meets sun kissed ginger snaps, with up to 30% all white quills mixed in. It’s too close to cinnicot to be chocolate and to close to chocolate to be cinnicot. Sometimes you will see chocolate and/ or cinnicot quills mixed in. This is by far my favorite hedgehog color.
CINNICOT – Quills are a cinnamon/ orange color with up to 30% all white quills mixed in. Eyes are Garnet red to deep Garnet/ almost black; nose and ears are pink.
APRICOT – Quills are a pale to bright apricot color with up to 30% all white quills mixed in. Eyes are Ruby red to garnet red, nose and ears are pink.
CHAMPAGNE – The Lightest of all the cotty colors, the spines have an almost buff yellow color, with up to 30% all white qulls mixed in. Eyes are strawberry pink to ruby red, nose and ears are pink.
Albino – 100% white quills and no pigmentation. Eyes are a brilliant strawberry pink; ears and nose are a pale pink. Albinos are extremely friendly and contrary to popular belief, they do not have any additional health issues.
Patterns – Available in all colors
PINTO – One or more concentrated white ‘pinto’ markings. The degree of and location of pintoing will vary between hedgehogs with those more pinto being referred to as ‘Uber Pintos’.
UBER-PINOTO – Refers to a hedgehog with more then one large pinto spot that covers at least 40% of the body. Some uber pintos may have pinto markings on their face, and rarely one pinto eye has been seen.
SNOWFLAKE – 50% or more all white quills mixed in with the color of your choice. Face, ears, and eyes match the descrition of the non-white color.
WHITE – 95% or more all white quills mixed in with the color of your choice. Face, ears, and eyes match the descrition of the non-white color.
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